Agra Indian cricketer Yusuf Pathan visited Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital and Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura on Saturday to raise awareness of the plight of captive elephants.
Returning for the third time, the cricketer star and animal enthusiast spent time interacting with Wildlife SOS staff over lunch before moving to the Elephant Hospital campus adjacent to ECCC.
On the Elephant Hospital campus, Yusuf Pathan was taken to the newly installed hydrotherapy pool that helps injured elephants cope with pain and heal their muscles.
Wildlife SOS Deputy Director, Veterinary Services, Dr. Illayaraja gave Pathan an insight into the formidable task of caring for rescued injured, sick or geriatric elephants. He introduced Pathan to the blind elephant Nina, who was rescued that year and accompanied the cricketer through all of her medical procedures. Yusuf Pathan was even taken to the enclosure of some of the resident elephants like Zara who was rescued in 2020 as a beggar elephant.
Stepping out of these unique facilities, Yusuf Pathan was kind enough to sign caps and photos for the staff at Wildlife SOS, who were thrilled to see the legend return!
Pathan, said, “I have been Wildlife SOS for 15 years. This was my third visit to the center. I had visited it for the first time when Wildlife SOS had just started. They have grown enormously since then. It was great to see new developments like the expansion of the elephant enclosures and the excellent elephant care at the hospital.
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-Founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said, “Yusuf Pathan has been a dedicated wildlife warrior, supporting our work consistently over the years. Its support for wildlife conservation helps send a positive message to the Indian public about the need to conserve and protect wildlife.
Baiju Raj MV, Director of Conservation Projects, Wildlife SOS, said, “Wildlife SOS is committed to creating a world where humans live in harmony with wild animals. The fact that cricket legend Yusuf Pathan supports our cause gives us the motivation to continue fighting for the conservation of Indian elephants.